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Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to get your foot on the career ladder. You can earn while you learn, and gain a recognised qualification.

Find out more about the different types of creative apprenticeships on offer, current apprenticeship vacancies and how you can apply below.

What is an apprenticeship?


An apprenticeship is employment mixed with training that is linked to your job.

By taking an apprenticeship, you’ll gain a broad understanding of the industry you are working in as well as a qualification that employers will value.

You’ll learn on the job with your employer and off the job at college. Your college or trainer will work with you and your employer to agree a training plan that suits you both. Finally, you will be assessed at work to see what you've learnt.

As a guide, the duration of an apprenticeship is generally between 10 to 18 months. How long the apprenticeship lasts will depend on the employer you are matched with and how long it takes you to gain the qualification.

There are different levels of apprenticeship:

  • Level 2: equivalent to GCSEs, A* to C grades or Scottish National 5
  • Level 3: equivalent to A-Levels or Scottish Highers
  • Level 4: equivalent to HNDs or foundation degrees

Why do an apprenticeship?

Getting into the Creative Industries can be difficult and competitive but an apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to impress employers straight away and start to build up a network of contacts. If you have the drive then an apprenticeship is a great chance to prove yourself.

The apprenticeship will help open doors to contacts in the Creative Industries, provide paid work and give you the skills and experience employers are asking for.

You'll receive a certificate of completion and a number of nationally-recognised qualifications along the way. Once you've completed your apprenticeship you may be offered a job with your employer, move to another job, or you could use your qualifications to get into further or higher education.

Hear how these apprentices describe their apprenticeships in one word:

Apprenticeships in one word

How do I apply for an apprenticeship?

There are a number of ways to apply for an apprenticeship:

  • You could apply via a college or training provider which will find work for you
  • You could already be working and switch over to an apprenticeship
  • You might find and apply for an apprenticeship vacancy yourself

Different apprenticeships have different entry requirements but you must be aged 16 or over and not in full-time education.

If you don't have good GCSE grades in maths and English you may need to take a literacy and numeracy test.

But don’t be put off. Employers are more interested in your skills and enthusiasm than your qualifications. They will be looking for you to have a real passion for your chosen industry and have strong communication skills, as well as the ability to think creatively and work well under pressure.

Current apprenticeship vacancies

We work with a wide range of partners to encourage and help companies to employ apprentices across a wide range of sectors. You can see current apprenticeship vacancies on Hiive, our new network for creative people.

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